Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Spotlight

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Spotlight

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SPOTLIGHT

Directed by Tom McCarthy (Open Road Films, 2015)

Catholic audiences are all too familiar with the premise of the film Spotlight: that reporting by the Boston Globe broke open the details of widespread sexual abuse by Catholic priests and subsequent cover-ups by the church hierarchy. The movie tells the story behind the story, focusing on the months of investigative reporting conducted by the Globe's "Spotlight" research team that led to the news breaking in January 2002.

Watching the reporters work with paper catalogue systems, bulky reference books, and pens and notepads, it can be easy to forget that we are fewer than 15 years removed from the events depicted. But for all that has changed since then, both with technology and within the church itself, the film thankfully does not take a heavy-handed approach; much like the reporters themselves, the movie is dedicated to the facts. Standout performances from Michael Keaton, who plays Spotlight team leader Walter Robinson, and Mark Ruffalo, as dogged reporter Mike Rezendes, convey the entire team's commitment to the story and, ultimately, the victims. …

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